Meet Yoga Teacher Ted Lardner
Ted Lardner is a Baptiste Yoga Certified Teacher. In addition to his deep grounding in Baptiste yoga, he has taken workshops with numerous other local and national teachers. However, he counts most consistently on the other teachers and the community at Cleveland Yoga.
Rock Island, Illinois
The pose that challenges me the most:
Secret comfort food:
Best advice you have ever received:
“Organizations thrive when they focus on developing their members,” my grandfather said.
Words to describe your teaching style:
Grounded, smooth-and-strong, and real.
What do you do for FUN:
Yoga pairs well with:
Laundry, and that makes a happy home.
What brought you to yoga or what was your first experience with the practice?
In high school I had English with a teacher who chanted Om in class because we were reading Hermann Hesse’s book, Siddhartha.
This was in the 70s.
He told us that he had had to go to Peoria to learn how. (I feel like Radar O’Reilly saying that.) It’s kind of funny, but at the same time it was sweet and moving. It felt so real. No one else at Rock Island High School was chanting Om!
I got into asana around the same time. I got Richard Hittleman’s book, Introduction to Yoga, because I needed to gain flexibility for an Outward Bound course I was heading to–shout out, NCOBS! Yoga is what they said to do. Then I forgot it all for 30 years.
How has yoga influenced your life off the mat?
Many things have changed but most deeply the practice creates a space that I was missing in my life. I’m still leary about the word, spiritual, but when I started regularly going to class, I was so happy! I missed being in my body. I had loved skateboarding in high school andl I’d loved body surfing. And flow yoga, vinyasa yoga, feels so much to me like body surfing, or skateboarding. I can’t explain it. Joy = being in breath and body in the moment.
Who are you as a teacher; what is most important to you to bring to your class?
Whenever I’m teaching, whenever I’m practicing, part of me is pretending that I am actually body surfing. LOL!
What advice do you offer someone intimidated by yoga?
For someone who is interested but hasn’t tried yoga yet, here are the steps to get you started on the road of practice (leaving aside modifications or working with injuries here.)
Start with this: In privacy, sit still for 2 minutes breathing slowly and deeply. Then do Rag Doll for 1 minute with that same slow deep breath. Then do two Sun A’s.
As you do this starter practice, focus on how your body feels, how you feel. Yoga has nothing to do with how poses “look.” Do this every day for 1 week.
It took me a pretty long time, dinking and dunking around at home, with videos and the Internet on my own, and practicing with one or two other more experienced yogis for fun, before I felt brave enough and ready enough to go to a class. I promise you, coming to a class will thoroughly change your practice!
With that said, my guess is that after a week with the above simple beginning, you will know in your guts that yoga is 100% about how it feels inside and 0% about how flexible you are or what your body type is or the cut and color of your awesome Lulus.
That’s when you should look for a private or a basics class at the studio, and you should email us at email@example.com for advice and getting matched up with a teacher here! (And, of course, come to my Sunday class in the Flow Studio at Beachwood!!)